"My what big eyes you have!"..."All the better to fool you with my dear"
Photo and caption by Kim Martelle
Eye spied this Eyed Click Beetle, aptly named for the clicking sound it makes as it jumps strait up in the air. The species name is Alaus-oculatus and they live in deciduous forests. The larve or (wireworms)feed off of the larve of boring beetles. This fellow must have felt right at home in the Oak Savanna ecosystem that we share. Ash trees in our area have been devestated by the Emerald Ash borer, so the larve of the clicking beetle would have had an abundant food supply. Though it would appear that these beetles have huge eyes, infact they are markings to distract and confuse predators.
Location: Northville, South Western Ontario, Canada